Clooney's secret Wexford visit
ONE of the world's biggest movie stars, A-lister George Clooney was in Wexford town recently, but he seems to have slipped in and out with little fanfare.
A well-informed source said George had visited Clayton Whites Hotel during his visit, which took place about 10 days ago,
The hotel is tight-lipped about the visit, with no-one prepared to confirm it took place, but the source said there was no doubt about it, George was in town and no-one, except for those in the know, knew about it.
The findmypast genealogy website recently revealed that George's Irish ancestors were from Windgap, in neighbouring County Kilkenny.
Nicholas Clooney, his great, great grandfather, was one of many cottiers in Windgap the 1850s who fell foul of 'middlemen' who tried to force farmers off the land so they could amalgamate small holdings into bigger farms.
New court records prove that in 1852 Nicholas Clooney was violently assaulted and for months was harassed through the court-system.
'Nicholas Clooney decided shortly after to leave Ireland and settle in Kentucky. The rest is history,' said genealogist Fiona Fitzsimons.